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Principal Associate, International Development

Nadia Scharen-Guivel designs and implements clean energy projects in Latin America and Africa. Through her extensive experience in Latin America and Europe, Scharen-Guivel has developed a deep understanding of working with the public sector, private sector and civil society on financing and structuring clean energy programs.
Prior to joining Abt, Scharen-Guivel worked for nine years at the Inter-American Development Bank, first as an energy investment officer for Latin America and then as the principal coordinator for Brazil. While there, she developed and structured the financing of projects in renewable energy, including solar, wind and biomass; infrastructure, including toll roads, airports, ports and waste management; and social sectors, such as health and education. In addition, she advised states and municipalities in Brazil on structuring and financing alternatives of public-private partnerships and concessions in clean energy and infrastructure sectors.
Previously, Scharen-Guivel was the head of structured finance at Credit Agricole Bank in Brazil and senior vice-president of energy and infrastructure finance at Santander Bank for eight years. There, she led the origination, structuring and financing of more than four gigawatts of energy projects as well as toll roads, ports and oil and gas concessions.
Scharen-Guivel started her career as a statistical analyst in the development economics department of the World Bank Group.


  • Renewable energy project development
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Financial advisory and project finance in energy and infrastructure
  • Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility strategies
  • Communication on energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Energy policy
  • Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish